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Balfour boss Leo Quinn quits Construction Leadership Council

Exclusive: The boss of Balfour Beatty has resigned from his role on the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) due to other “long-term commitments”, Construction News can reveal. 

Leo Quinn, Balfour’s group chief executive, has left his position as the skills lead on the CLC, 15 months after he was first appointed to the body. 

The CLC, whose co-chairs are Crossrail boss Andrew Wolstenholme and Conservative peer Lord Prior, is a pan-industry body working with government to support the UK construction sector. 

Balfour Beatty cited Mr Quinn’s other “ongoing long-term commitments” as the reason behind his decision to step down. 

A spokeswoman said: “Having delivered the skills workstream report in July and taking into account his other important long-term commitments, including the 5% Club, Mr Quinn suggested to the CLC that the moment had come to transition his role on the CLC skills workstream to new leadership.” 

The skills report put together by Mr Quinn is understood to have examined the skills issues facing the industry and was intended to feed into construction’s sector deal as part of the government’s industrial strategy.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which oversees the CLC, said: “Leo Quinn has written to the co-chairs of the Construction Leadership Council to confirm his resignation.

“We would like to thank him for his substantial contribution to delivering the CLC’s strategy including leadership of the skills work stream. His successor will be appointed in due course.”

Balfour Beatty said it would continue to support the CLC and share knowledge with his replacement.  

The news comes a week after Mr Quinn announced that Balfour Beatty was likely to vote against the CITB in the upcoming consensus vote on the future of the industry training body.

Mr Quinn said construction’s current skills shortage proved that the CITB was not delivering on its remit to create the skills the industry needed and as it stood he could not justify the continued existence of the organisation.

The Balfour boss set himself the task of stemming the large number of construction apprentices leaving the industry and helping the government achieve its aim of creating three million apprentices by 2020. 

Prior to re-joining Balfour Beatty, Mr Quinn launched The 5% Club in 2013 – an industry-led initiative under which members commit to ensuring 5 per cent of their workforces are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students.


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